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Playgrounds for senior citizens? Genius idea.

Playgrounds for senior citizens? Genius idea.

Remember when you were a kid and you spent the whole afternoon in the playground?

Playgrounds are a lot of fun and it’s a great way to spend your time. You even get to exercise physically while having fun. Perhaps that’s what’s lacking with today’s kids since they’re mostly hooked up indoors with their gadgets and all.

Basically, kids love playgrounds. Parents are into them because physical activity is good for kids.

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But you know who else playgrounds are good for? Senior citizens!

Yep, that’s right. Playground equipment isn’t just for little ones.

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Image Source: Public Radio International.

In Spain, where the population is aging, senior-citizen playgrounds have been popping up for a while. Not only do they provide a place for folks to enjoy physical activity, they also offer an opportunity for socializing.

“It’ is very social,” says Paz Vidal, a physical therapist. “[We] want to break the myth of the old person coming to the park and just sitting while grandkids play. And then going home. Kids can also have fun here. The parks help create family cohesion. And it’s intergenerational.”
The playgrounds in Spain sure seem to be serving their purpose.

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Image Source: Public Radio International.

“I am not someone to stay home. I get out a lot,” said Franchesca, an 84-year-old in Spain who, in addition to enjoying being active, hasn’t lost her sense of humor. “Because if you stay home, you spend all your time criticizing your kids, eh?”

And it’s not just happening in Spain. It’s starting to catch on in the U.S., too!

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Image Source: Oli Scarff/Staff/Getty Images.

The nonprofit KaBOOM!, which generally builds kids’ playgrounds, partnered up with Humana to build intergenerational playgrounds around the United States. So far, they’ve built over 50 playgrounds for senior citizens.

“Play is a great connector for adults and seniors and the children in their lives. In addition to the cognitive and physical benefits of play, it can also reduce stress in adults and is proven to help combat toxic stress in kids,” Sarah Pinsky, director of client services for KaBOOM!, told Huffington Post.

Doesn’t this sound cool? Watch the video below to learn more about Spain’s senior citizen playground and share this post on Facebook too!

Video Source: PRI Public Radio International on Youtube